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Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Most people are not familiar with the law. The average person's knowledge of the law is more than likely limited to what they see on television or read in newspapers and books. When they do get involved with the criminal law system they do not know what to do, or how to handle the situation. Because of this, the need for information and assistance from criminal lawyers is crucial for those wh are about to get involved with the criminal law system.

The criminal law system can become a very intimidating and confusing process for everyone. Being prepared for the circumstances that may arise is a necessity for everyone.

There are lawyers for any type of conceivable legal problem. In most cases, a lawyer will represent you or try to find you guilty of charges. If you lose, you stand to face time in jail as well as a substantial amount of money. If you are facing criminal charges, or if you are investigation by law enforcement your legal situation is totally different. In a criminal trial, you can lose your freedom for a very long time. Criminal defense lawyers (although paid a fee) do not deal in money, but in your personal future, whether it involves loss of your freedom or loss of a professional license.

If you need the services of a criminal lawyer, you must make sure you find the right one for you. There are many advantages to this. First off, an experienced lawyer will more than likely command more respect from the prosecutor's office and judge. A lawyer who has been involved with many trials may also be best at giving you advice on whether to go to trial or take a plea bargain. He or she will also be better at investigating your case, pre-trial motion work and obtaining an overall positive result for you. Make sure you find someone that will fight aggressively on your behalf. You cannot afford to lose your freedom just because you hired the wrong lawyer.

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Preparing For 2006 Getting Your Legal Life In Order

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As we wave goodbye to 2005 and charge into 2006, it is time to get your house in order. This is particularly true for the legal issues in your life.

Legal Planning

As drab as it may seem, legal planning can help you avoid disasters in your life. With the turn of the calendar, now is the time to give your life and business some thought.

On the family front, you should be thinking about changes you experienced in 2005 and if any of them require you to take some steps. If you got married, you need to jump through a few loopholes related to changing names, addresses with relevant companies and so on. If you had a new family addition, have you give consideration to updating your will or family trust? On a less enjoyable subject, are there any steps you need to make with parents who are growing older. Elder abuse, particularly financially, can be a problem and you may want to provide assistance to elder parents so they aren't taken advantage of.

On the business front, now is the time to take a step back and reflect upon how things are going. Did you meet your goals in 2005? If you didn't, how do you plan to make 2006 a better year? In making this determination, you need to be honest with yourself and make sure you evaluate your week points. From a legal perspective, are all of your relevant business documents up to date? Have annual minutes been filed for your corporation or LLC?

A particular area where businesses fail to follow up are changes in contracts. When entering a contract, both parties tend to see great success in the future. Inevitably, they discover the agreement needs to be tweaked to allow for circumstances and so on. When this occurs, the parties will often reach an oral agreement or just shake hands on it. Such agreements are not binding on the parties. If a dispute occurs, the business relationship will be evaluated using the original agreement. That can lead to a nightmare of circumstances. If you've tweaked an agreement with another party, now is the time to get such an amendment in writing!

April 15th sounds a long way off, but it will come faster than you can imagine. Yep, I'm talking about taxes. Do you feel you pay too much in taxes? Of course you do. This is a god given right of every American. Well, now is the time to do something about it. You should contact your CPA and do some tax planning for 2006. Saving taxes often comes down to how you collect revenues and distribute them. Slight changes can save you tens of thousands of dollars, but you must implement them early in the calendar year.

As the calendar flipped to 2006, you undoubtedly made a resolution to do something. Getting your legal house in order probably wasn't what you had in mind, but it is something you should do!

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What Does It Take To Be A Lawyer

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When you see all these handsome Lawyers in TV series like LA Law, sitting in their fancy offices, driving these flashy cars, have you ever realized what they have been through in terms of time, years of education, money, Certifications etc'.

Let me Describe to you the Lawyers course of training. Formal educational requirements for lawyers include a 4-year college degree, 3 years in law school, and the passing of a written bar examination.

Competition for admission to most law schools is intense. prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in writing and speaking, reading, researching, analyzing, and thinking logically

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The Right To Life Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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The Bill of Rights exist in many different countries today to protect the people who are within the territorial boundary of the countries' government from unlawful actions that may deprive a person's right to live, security, and other necessities needed to survive. Originating from the British's Bill of Rights, which was literally a bill that was proposed and passed by Parliament in 1689 to protect the basic rights of the people. To effectively have the Bill of Rights into play it must be constantly be enforced by the government that it is trying to restrict.

The concept of the Bill of Rights is very popular with the population of countries that hold such a law in their constitution. Such one country is the United States of America in which the United States Bill of Rights protects the residents of the country from its own government from Federal to the local. The United States Bill of Rights was originally a series of amendments brought before the Congress in which ten of the amendments were put into effect in 1791.

The First Amendment which states the freedom of religion, speech, press, peaceful assembly and the right to petition the government is the most popular amendment that is in effect today. Though it may have some restrictions like as long as it does not create an imminent threat to the subject and those within the proximity or unless under warfare, the first amendment is in effect. An example is like shouting the word "fire" as a joke in a crowded area as it can create a widespread panic causing casualties or maybe during wartime some things just should be said or written.

The Second Amendment is in which gives the resident of the United States of America the right to bear arms. An amendment which is criticized today by those who promote gun safety as those who just promote the right to own a firearm have been known to legally abuse this law. As the law was originally in state for the protection of a resident and his or her family from outside forces that would cause harm to them or for hunting, groups such as the NRA use the amendment to be able to own automatic weapons which are mainly used for warfare and not for such measures as it was originally put into use for.

The Third Amendment protects the residents of United States of being forced to quarter troops in their own property in peacetime or even in wartime unless done in a process which is acceptable under the given circumstances.

The Fourth Amendment protects the resident from unlawful search and seizures in which they cannot be searched without just cause and or without a warrant, and if there is a warrant, the warrant only allows the items stated within the warrant to be seized within the location the warrant gives permission to search and nothing else unless the item in question is in plain sight and unlawful in other words illegal under the current law.

The Fifth Amendment gives the resident due process in which it prevents self-incrimination, double jeopardy, and eminent domain by the government. Where a person cannot convict themselves, be tried for more than once for the same crime, and have the government unlawfully take away property owned by an individual.

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All The Forms You Need

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Any transaction involving an exchange of money for products and/or services should be properly documents. For purchases of small items, you normally get an official receipt or a docket from the vendor once you hand over your payment. For larger more expensive items such as furniture, equipment, appliances, the process will involve more documentation. In exchange for your hard-earned cash, the seller will not only hand over the receipt, but a warranty card to protect you against factory defects as well. Bigger purchases that can be considered investments, such as cars and most importantly: homes should be handled with utmost care. Not only because it involves a lot of money, but because these transactions will affect the lives of the buyer and the seller for many years to come.

Of all the purchase transactions you can do in your life, nothing would be more sensitive and would need attention to detail as that of purchasing or selling a house. Each step of the transaction should be fully documented and if there are revisions that need to be made, these should be recorded as well. Buyers and sellers can opt to prepare the documentation themselves but, due to the number of changes a single transaction can have, being able to catch up with all the revisions may be difficult for the average consumer; and for this reason, ready made real estate forms were produced.

Ready made real estate forms can be obtained from the offices of real estate agents or downloaded from various real estate websites. These real estate forms cover all the possible real estate transactions an individual may encounter: from renting to purchasing or selling properties. There are generic real estate forms that can be used by anybody irregardless of their place of residence; and there are also state specific real estate forms that conform to the legal requirements of a particular state. There are also real estate forms that cover disclosure laws (particularly for lead-based paint).

Real estate forms can be purchased individually as the user sees fit; or a complete set can be bought. Purchase of individual real estate forms is ideal for those who are involved in short-term real estate transactions, such as having a property leased out. Those who will be embroiled in a real estate deal that may require constant revisions and changes, and for a significant period of time; such as selling homes, are better off purchasing the complete set.

Buyers of ready made real estate forms can be assured of the accuracy of the forms format, their legality and their contents. The manufacturers of ready made real estate forms spent much time and energy verifying that their documents will be honoured by any legal entity. These real estate forms are generally up-to-date but it would help if you checked law offices or real estate agents for the latest updates, although since real estate laws and regulations are not revised often, real estate forms generally stay the same for long periods of time.

Through the development of ready made real estate forms, the process of conducting real estate transactions has become much easier. Ordinary laymen now have the option of doing everything themselves and forego the services of realtors.

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Free Florida Criminal Records

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The official database of Florida criminal records is maintained by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, under their Criminal History Information (CHI) section. This serves as the central repository of Florida criminal records. It is open to the public and anyone can use the information stored there to conduct a search for Florida criminal records or criminal history information for employment purposes.

However, the downside to this official database is that it does not come for free. Each search, no matter the outcome, whether it yields results or a "no records found" responses, costs the average Joe $23.00. Hardly free, at all. What's more, public records researchers often regard central repositories of criminal records, including that of Florida criminal records, are incomplete sources of criminal history information. If you're looking for statewide Florida criminal records, the CHI database is helpful but if you're searching for lesser-known documents involving less serious crimes or offenses, then chances are, you won't find them stored within the repository. Twenty-three dollars might be a bargain for some. But for the professional, it is only one source among many.

But we're not professional researchers, are we? We're just job applicants trying to get a hold of our own free Florida criminal records. Or we're just mothers trying to conduct a free Florida criminal records check on someone whom we are considering to take care of our kids. Or neighbors checking out on fellow neighbors. Or employers trying to protect the safety of our workplace. We certainly don't want anything bad to happen to us or those with whom we are close to but also, we don't want to spend too much to get that peace of mind we're striving for. So, what options are there waiting for us?

Fortunately, the Internet provides us with a whole range of possibilities where you can get free Florida criminal records without spending a check. The places listed below are a few suggestions, sites you can check out for your free Florida criminal records check.

City Databases

If the central repository of Florida criminal records won't offer information to you for free, then it's obvious that you need to find some sort of alternative. Many major cities and a lot of small cities in Florida keep databases of Florida criminal records that occurred within their territories. What's good about these databases is that the information they contain are free for use by the public. So you can check out any city database and check it for free Florida criminal records.

An alternative to city databases are county databases of free Florida criminal records. The best place to check for free Florida criminal records at the county level is the Office of the County Clerk of Court. This is where you can usually find free Florida criminal records of court dockets, filings, and case documents.

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Why Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

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Before you can make a decision as to whether or not you should hire a personal injury attorney / lawyer, you first have to know what a personal injury case is.

Most people think that a personal injury claim is a car or motor vehicle accident claim. While an injury sustained in an automobile accident where another was at fault would be a personal injury claim, there are many other matters that also fall under that heading.

A personal injury attorney / lawyer handles matters where there has been a personal injury, either physical or emotional, which was caused by the negligence of another. If there was no negligence then there is no case. There must be negligence, whether intentional or unintentional, on the part of another, for a claim to be valid. In other words, you would have trouble making a case against your landlord, where you spilled water on your kitchen floor and then slipped and fell because of the water. However, if the landlord had failed to fix the plumbing under your sink and the water was on the floor because of leaky plumbing then you may, I say may, have a case. There are other variables that could come into play and you would need to seek the advice of a good personal injury attorney, in order to determin your rights.

There are many matters other than car accident matters that can many times be included under personal injury, IE: slips and falls, workplace accidents (after a workplace accident you may be covered under workers compensation or disability but you may also have a personal injury claim), injuries caused during a storm or power outage, airplane, bus and train crashes, construction accidents, fires, food poisoning, drug or vitamin overdoses, animal bites, getting beat up, robbed or otherwise injured inside or outside of a business, medical malpractice and even malpractice by an attorney.

There are many variables that can come into play in determining negligence and many times you may think that there was no negligence on the part of anyone when there actually was. I myself, know of a case where a party was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle and injured severely. He settled with the driver and the driver's insurance company for the $100,000.00 maximum of the driver's insurance policy. This settlement did not even begin to cover his medical bills. Some time later, a personal injury attorney, while speaking with a member of the injured party's family, found about the case and was asked to look into it for the family. The injured party was broke and paralyzed. The attorney did some checking and then agreed that, even though the man had accepted the settlement, there might still be a case. He then hired my detective agency and another to do further research. Finally, he filed a law suit against the car driver, the drivers insurance company, the motorcycle manufacturer and others. I won't go into the whole case, but suffice it to say that he went to trial and ended up obtaining a verdict against several of the parties, including the drivers insurance company and the motorcycle manufacturer, for several million dollars and the injured party is no longer broke. I might add that the attorney took the case on contingency and advanced, out of his own pocket, all of the expenses including court costs and investigation fees.

The point of the foregoing is that if you have been injured, you should seek the advice of a competent personal injury attorney even if you don't think that there is anyone at fault. Only a good experienced personal injury attorney can attempt to make that determination.

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Employment Law Attendance Rewards Legal Ramifications

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If you were thinking of offering your employees special rewards as incentives for having good attendance records, then you must read on. In fact, employers that offer attendance bonuses may find themselves falling foul of the law.

The Royal Mail introduced a rewards scheme for staff that did not to take time off sick. Under the Royal Mail's scheme, workers with full attendance records were entered into a prize draw to win Ford Focus cars or holiday vouchers worth

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Employment Background Check

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Employment background checks are becoming increasingly common these days. The reasons for this include the fact that negligent hiring lawsuits that result from the actions of an errant employee can damage a company's credibility and lead to hefty fines; companies have become more selective in their choice of employees following the threat of terrorist activities; accepting a resume at face value has resulted in many companies wasting time and money due to frequent hire-and-fire situations. Also, more companies are now conducting employee background checks as information from databases all over the world is available online. Employers are not bound to conduct an employment background check in all cases; however, federal and state laws make employment background checks compulsory for jobs that require interacting with children, the infirm, and the aged.

Information that can be included in an employment background check includes driving records, details of past employments, criminal records, military records, educational records, character references, and drug test records. However, background check companies that provide information to employers have to abide by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which regulates the type and amount of information that an external agency can provide to an employer. Bankruptcies that are more than 10 years old as well as civil suits and records of arrest more than seven years old cannot be reported. FCRA regulations vary with the state and agencies that carry out a pre-employment background check need to ensure that they comply with the state regulations.

Employment background checks can be conducted by companies in-house or can be outsourced to third parties that may include private investigators, H.R firms that screen applicants, and data brokers who are established online. Outsourcing an employment background check has its advantages but if a third-party is conducting a background check, consent from the applicant is required and under FCRA regulations the applicant should be provided with a copy of the investigations. If the employment background check is conducted in-house, the employer is not bound to obtain the applicant's consent or apprise him in detail of the reason for rejecting his application.

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